Glossary

Antibodies - (Anti-bodies)
A type of protein made by certain white blood cells in the body in response to a foreign substance (antigen). Some antibodies destroy antigens directly. Others make it easier for white blood cells to destroy the antigen. Auto Immune - (au-to-im-mune)
A state in which the immune system of the body mistakenly attacks the body’s own cells Bradycardia - (bra-dy-car-dia)
Abnormally slow heartbeat, usually less than sixty beats per minute Congenital - (con-gen-i-tal)
Present at birth, acquired during foetal development Deficiency - (de-fi-cien-cy)
A shortage of substances necessary to health; an amount that is lacking or inadequate Fatigue - (fa-tigue )
A condition characterized by lessened capacity for work, weariness and tiredness Fertility - (fer-til-i-ty)
The state of being fertile and capable of producing offspring Goiter - (goi-ter)
An abnormally enlarged thyroid gland Immune system - (im-mune system)
The body system, made up of many organs and cells, which defends the body against infection, disease and foreign substances Inflammation - (in-flam-ma-tion )
A response of body tissues to injury or irritation; characterized by pain and swelling and redness and heat Libido - (li-bi-do)
A term for sexual urge or desire Menopause - (men-o-pause)
The time in a woman's life when the menstrual cycle ends. The woman stops menstruating after this. Menstrual cycle - (men-stru-al cycle)
The monthly cycle of changes in the ovaries and the lining of the uterus; the first day of menstrual bleeding is designated as 'day 1' of the menstrual cycle Myxedema - (mix-ede-ma)
Severe form of hypothyroidism marked by dry skin and swellings around lips and nose as well as mental deterioration Pituitary - (pi-tu-i-tary)
One of the main hormone-secreting glands - it is located at the base of the brain
Hypothyroidism